By Paul Myerberg, theadvertiser.com:
Saban might not know who he wants under center, but he’s sure about what he and the Crimson Tide need from the position. “I think every quarterback has to go through sort of a process of development because three things that are critical factors to me at quarterback is decision making, processing information quickly, making quick, good decisions,” Saban said. “So decision making and judgment is a critical factor, accuracy with the ball is a critical factor, and leadership is a critical factor.”
By Ted Miller, ESPN:
Michael from Anniston, Alabama, writes: You credit the CF playoff for the Bama-USC match-up? Hogwash. Bama has been scheduling such opening games ever since Nick Saban became head coach. Ted Miller: You make a fair point. Unlike a lot of SEC teams, Alabama (and LSU) have not been cowards with their nonconference scheduling. While the Alabama Crimson Tide’s matchup with West Virginia to open the 2014 season hardly scintillates, the Mountaineers are a “name” opponent. And the Tide’s list of nonconference foes since Saban took over is impressive: Virginia Tech (2013 and 2009), Michigan (2012), Penn State (2010-11), Clemson (2008) and Florida State (2007). That’s a strong list, no doubt. But USC is different. Trust me.
By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
Getting to Alabama was the goal for Elisha Shaw. Injuries ended his football career, but the former top recruit will end up in Tuscaloosa anyway. The NCAA on Monday approved a waiver to give him a non-football scholarship. Alabama confirmed the news Shaw posted on his Twitter account earlier in the day.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a bit of a dilemma on his hands this season as he aims to replace three-year starting quarterback AJ McCarrron, now with the Cincinnati Bengals. Florida State transfer Jacob Coker and senior Blake Sims are competing for the starting job. At the SEC Media Days, Saban did not rule out the possibility of both seeing time in a two-quarterback system, according to AL.com: “It’s not something that I would hope would happen,” Saban said Thursday at SEC Media Days, referring to the possibility of running a two-quarterback system. “Is it something that I can totally rule out? Not really, because I think the skill set of Blake Sims can create problems for a defense. If we wanted to utilize him to do that in some kind of way, I guess you could say that we could possibly have a two-quarterback system.”
By Albert Breer, nfl.com:
The NFL has identified the land-rush of underclassmen declaring for the draft as a problem, and set out this week to start addressing the problem at the college level. Earlier in the week, college coaches received a memo from NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent, outlining a new set of guidelines that Alabama coach Nick Saban referenced at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Among them is a streamlined grading system, as well as limitations on the number of players per school who can put in for grades with the draft advisory board.
They name-dropped Davy Crockett, Luis Suarez and Michael Jordan. They discussed their personnel, summer vacations and their families, ‘The Bachelorette,’ took shots at each other and the state of college football. The coaches delivered over the the SEC Media Days’ four days. Here’s a look at the best things overheard at the Wynfrey Hotel:
By Mark Inabinett, al.com:
On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills announced Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was being placed on the active/non-football injury list, which would keep him off the field when the team held its first training camp practice of the 2014 preseason on Sunday night. On Sunday, the Bills announced why: The former Huffman High School and Alabama Crimson Tide standout failed his conditioning test on Saturday morning. The Bills made the announcement via Tweeter. Doug Marrone: DT Marcell Dareus failed his conditioning test upon reporting for camp. “He needs to focus on getting himself ready”
By Tyler Donohue, Bleacher Report:
Alabama beefed up its offensive line again Friday morning, adding a fourth 4-star commitment to its ranks. Brandon Kennedy, an in-state 2015 standout, chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn during an announcement ceremony at Wetumpka High School. The 6’2.5″, 295-pound prospect provides Nick Saban with yet another option in his expansive arsenal of elite blockers. Kennedy, rated 16th nationally among offensive guards in 247Sports’ composite rankings, pledged to the program one month after receiving an offer while attending a camp in Tuscaloosa.
By LARRY VAUGHT, centralkynews.com:
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday he thought the best 70 teams should be invited to play in bowl games regardless of the records to encourage teams to play stronger schedules. “I also don’t think you should have to win six games to get in a bowl game. This new (national championship) committee we got, they’re picking six games, is that not right? They’re picking all the games that are involved in the playoff, six bowls,” Saban said.